Music Librarians

As prominent professionals in the information services field, librarians help others find information and select materials best suited to their needs. They are key personnel wherever books, magazines, audiovisual materials, and a variety of other informational materials are cataloged and kept. Librarians help make access to these reference materials possible. Music librarians perform many of the same duties as traditional librarians, but specialize in managing materials related to music. Approximately 136,510 librarians are employed in positions throughout the country. Music librarians make up a small percentage of this number.

Quick Facts
Duties Help people find music-related books, periodicals, Web sites, articles, and other information and select materials best suited to the needs of patrons
Alternate Title(s) Music Bibliographers, Music Catalogers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Music
Experience Experience as a library assistant or technician recommended
  • Foreign Language
  • Information Management
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Library Director or Consultant
  • Head Music Librarian
  • Music Librarian
  • Medical Library Assistant or Technician

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